DECC suggests Green Deal measures on the rise

More than two thirds of householders (65%) installed at least one energy efficiency measure following a Green Deal assessment, DECC claimed yesterday. The multi-million pound loan scheme has been widely […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

More than two thirds of householders (65%) installed at least one energy efficiency measure following a Green Deal assessment, DECC claimed yesterday.

The multi-million pound loan scheme has been widely lambasted after a tiny number of homes have taken it up.

But Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said new figures show Green Deal assessments are “highly valued”.

Launched in January this year the Green Deal lends householders cash to install efficient boilers, double glazing and cavity and loft insulation.

The Government’s ‘Wave Three’ survey results suggested at least 6% are in the process of installing improvements while another 10% intend to install at least one recommended measure.

The survey also suggests 78% of consumers found the assessment useful.

Mr Barker said: “Over 100,000 assessments have been carried out so it’s particularly encouraging that over 80% of people have, are or intending to install at least one measure in homes and that well over a third of recommended measures have now been installed. This is a powerful endorsement of the Green Deal.”

Among those that said they wouldn’t install a measure, 51% mentioned finance as a barrier.

DECC said it would create an online tool to make the Green Deal “more straightforward and less time-consuming” earlier this month.